President's Message

Greetings to my fellow ASCE Minnesota members! It is the start of a new year for ASCE Minnesota, and ASCE has been in the news already. If you missed the news, ASCEMinnesota released its first Infrastructure report card for the state of Minnesota. I would like to thank the volunteers on the Report Card Committee for their hard work over the last 18 months. Without them we would not be able to publish Minnesota’s first ever Infrastructure Report Card. The report card can be found at www.infrastructurereportcard.org/Minnesota.

The release of the report card is just the beginning of the conversation about infrastructure in Minnesota. We need your help getting the Report Card in the hands of elected officials at both the state and local level and the citizens of Minnesota. You can do this in many ways: by sharing the website above or by requesting physical copies of the brochure from reportcard@ascemn.org. The report card is meant to be an advocacy document that is written for people with limited knowledge and interest of infrastructure. Please share the report card with that relative of yours that might fit that description.

On a general Minnesota Section note, I am very excited to be the section president in the upcoming year. I think that we have a dedicated group of volunteers on our section board that are looking to expand the programs the section does. That is where you can help. We are in need of a History and Heritage chair. The History and Heritage committee is a great way to get involved. Please email LisaBreu at outreach@ascemn.org if you want to learn more. We are always looking for new faces and ideas, so please email meat president@ascemn.org if your interests are outside of the History and Heritage committee.

Lastly, I would like to thank Michelle Williams for her many years on the board and for running for secretary. When the board positions were changed a few years ago, the succession plans created a potential for a contested election for secretary; this was our first contested secretary election. The vote was close and Andy Nordseth was elected as the new secretary. Thank you to all who voted. This is also a reminder to get out and vote on November 6!